Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Southwest Chipotle Burgers

Southwest Chipotle Burgers

1 1/2 lb ground chuck or ground sirloin
1 chipotle pepper canned in adobo sauce  (1 chili or less for kids, 1 1/2 for anyone who likes it spicy)
1 1/2 T adobo sauce (from the chipotle chili can)
1/4 C grated onion
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t cumin
1 1/2 t kosher salt
1/4 t pepper

4-6 good quality buns
1 tomato
1-2 avocado
optional: jack, cotija, or queso fresco cheese

Chipotle-lime Mayo:
1/2 C Mayo (light works fine)
2 t lime juice
1 t adobo sauce (from the canned chipotle chilis - not the chilis, just the sauce)
2T chopped fresh cilantro

Start by making the sauce.
Place mayo, adobo sauce, lime juice and cilantro in a small bowl and stir together then chill.

Now place the beef in a bowl and gently crumble with your fingers. Add the chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, grated onion, garlic powder, cumin, kosher salt, and pepper. Use your hands (yes, your hands!) to gently mix things together. If you go crazy and over-work ground beef it gets a yucky texture. Just mix it enough to distribute the ingredients and call it good.

Divide into 6 patties and place on a preheated grill, indoor grill pan, or skillet.

If you want to top with cheese, do so in the last few minutes of grilling. Use jack  cotija, or even some queso fresco. While the burgers are cooking, toast buns and spread chipotle-lime sauce generously on each side of each bun.

When the burgers are done to your liking let them stand for 5 minutes off the grill/pan and then pop onto your prepared buns. Top with tomato slices, avocado slices, and a crisp piece of lettuce.

If you made extra sauce, serve it on the table so people can slather it on every bite.

Recipe from www.ourbestbites.com